Drum Dream Girl

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music
By Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Rafael López

Long ago on a beautiful island filled with music, a girl dreams of sharing her gift for drumming. Alas, only boys are allowed to drum. But the girl does not give up her dream, and eventually is able to share her gift with the world.

The girl believes in herself, and her sisters believe in her too. Finally her father believes just enough to seek out an expert opinion. Of course all the drum experts and teachers are men – but her teacher believes in her as well, and sees that the girl’s talent must be cultivated.

Based on a true story, this poem-turned-children’s-book with lush illustrations is the world’s introduction to Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who started playing in the 1930s with her sisters’ all-girl dance band.

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